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Behind the Scenes at our Hackney Trade Day!

Behind the Scenes at our Hackney Trade Day!

17 April 2019

Meet Bella from Longflint Drinks, flavoursome craft drinks made with their favourite independent producers: Sacred Spirits, East London Liquor and QiuQuiRiQui Joven Mezcal. Watch Bella tell you a little about Longflint and why she wants to meet you at our Trade show! Shop Longflint here. <br style="

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From The Heart of Devon

From The Heart of Devon

16 April 2019

Sandford Orchards are cider makers from the heart of Devon. They only use cider apples, never culinary apples, grown within 30 miles of their press as they believe that the rich, red, fertile soil of Devon gives their apples the unique flavour properties that makes their cider so delicious. The raft of awards that they've won, only goes to prove how acclaimed their ciders are....

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New This Month...Bristol Gin.

New This Month...Bristol Gin.

15 April 2019

Carlyn, our Spirits buyer's pick of the month are two gins from Bristol Gin. Bristol Dry Gin is the first bottling by the Bristol Spirits Collective, a small band of professionals with a passion for distilling and a love of fine spirits, produced in a micro-distillery underneath a hotel in Bristol. The collective was born in 2016 with the aim of...

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Bringing Together Expertise

Bringing Together Expertise

12 April 2019

Established in 2001, Chapel Down is an award-winning winery based in Kent. New to our shelves this month is the third addition to their spirits range, their Pinot Noir Gin, which is believed to be the first of its type, that brings together winemaking expertise with modern distillation techniques. Created using distilled Pinot Noir grape skins from the Chapel Down...

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We're coming to Bournemouth, you're invited too!

We're coming to Bournemouth, you're invited too!

12 April 2019

We're excited to announce that our next Trade Day will be in Bournemouth on Tuesday 30th April 2019! Join us for a relax and fun afternoon. The chance to meet, chat to and taste some of the newest and most innovative drinks in the industry. Don't worry about booking, just turn up from 12pm and feel free to bring along...

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New this Month...Longbottom

New this Month...Longbottom

09 April 2019

Kate, our Soft drinks buyer's pick of the month is a range of tomato-based mixers from Longbottom. The story of Longbottom & Co. began in 1988 when the founders Ed & Greg, met at school. Together, they have been making mischief ever since. They started making hot sauce as a hobby back in 2009. As lovers of various Mary...

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What makes a wine Organic, Bio-dynamic or Natural?

What makes a wine Organic, Bio-dynamic or Natural?

08 April 2019

The world of wine loves a trend. From the rise and fall of Chardonnay in the '80s and '90s to the more recent Prosecco and Provence Rose fads. Something that seems to be capturing our imagination at the moment is the environmental impact and provenance of the wines we're drinking. In particular the rise of Organic, Bio-dynamic and Natural wines. This month...

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New This Month...Harry's Ciders

New This Month...Harry's Ciders

05 April 2019

Michael, our Beer and Cider's buyer's pick of the month is the award-winning artisan cider range from Harry's. Harry's is an award-winning artisan cider crafted by cidermakers Harry Fry and son Toby on their farm in Somerset. Immensely proud to be part of the farming tradition of growing apples, their goal has always been to make the best authentic cider...

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Distinctively Smooth

Distinctively Smooth

03 April 2019

The 58 Gin story began when Mark Marmont moved to London from Australia. But it wasn't until settling near to The Bar With No Name, that Mark discovered what would become his true passion. Shortly after arriving in London, Mark became a frequent visitor to the bar, sampling the multiple gin-based cocktails on offer. Before long, Mark was fully immersed in investigating...

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Giving Life and Living Life

Giving Life and Living Life

02 April 2019

Giving life and living life, Lo Bros Kombucha bring zest, oomph and fizz to everything that they do. All of their kombuchas, tonics and organic sodas are alive - little communities of refreshing, harmonious natural chemistry and full of gut-loving ingredients. Using ancient wisdom and recipes, they are fermented slow and steady in small batches with organic ingredients and delicious, natural flavours to create a...

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An Ode to the Golden State

An Ode to the Golden State

29 March 2019

St George Spirits was founded in 1982, the first small American distillery since Prohibition. An ode to the wild beauty of the Golden State, forest-driven and earthy, Terroir is a profoundly aromatic gin with a real sense of place. The distillery wanted to make a spirit that conveyed what they love about the monumental groves of trees, and the sun-baked chaparral of their local parklands...

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Perfect for Hopheads and Discovery Drinkers

Perfect for Hopheads and Discovery Drinkers

27 March 2019

Goose Island began with a trip across Europe, when founder John Hall took a tour across the continent. Pint by pint, he savoured the styles and selections of brews in every region. Craft beer wasn't widely known at that time, but upon return from his European sojourn, John set out to change all that, settling down in his home...

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Meet Alex, co-founder of Long Tail Mixers

Meet Alex, co-founder of Long Tail Mixers

25 March 2019

With a new selection of innovative drinks to our portfolio this spring, we invited a handful of our suppliers into HQ so our teams could meet them, understand more and taste their new drinks. Alex from Long Tail Mixers chatted to us about the experience and how Long Tail came about! Meet Alex in this short video and discover dark...

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Distilling Years of Experience

Distilling Years of Experience

25 March 2019

The Bristol Syrup Company is a collaboration between Bristol-based syrup experts and bartenders. They've distilled down years of experience to create a range of quality cocktail syrups; tasting authentic to the name on the label and to the syrups bartenders would make themselves. They believe that syrup shouldn't be an afterthought when making cocktails. After extensive research, development and testing,...

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Eight generations, Eight Botanicals

Eight generations, Eight Botanicals

20 March 2019

Thomas Greenall founded Greenalls in 1762 - at a time when London's Marylebone Pleasure Gardens were in full swing. Then, in the 1830s, a Liverpudlian solicitor named John fell in love with Isabella, the daughter of Thomas. They married, and John began working for Greenalls. Turned out distilling was in his blood, as it has proved to be for his son, his grandson...all the...

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Bringing Real Cider Back

Bringing Real Cider Back

19 March 2019

Working together in the corporate world, Al and Jim hatched a plan over lunch to escape the rat race and follow their cider-fuelled dreams. With the craft beer revolution already well underway, they made it their mission to bring real cider back. And with that, Pulpt was born - a pioneering, independent craft cider company, pulping and pressing their apples from selected Somerset orchards. Pulpt's...

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Authenticity, Innovation and Passion

Authenticity, Innovation and Passion

18 March 2019

Les Vignobles Foncalieu are a union of cooperatives anchored in the heart of Languedoc, France. Their territory stretches from the Corbières massif to the banks of the Mediterranean, from the Mistral- swept hillsides to the sun-caressed plains between Carcassonne and Béziers. A cooperative with strong values since 1967, their 650 winegrowers cultivate team spirit, authenticity, innovation and a shared passion, tending to 4,000 hectares of vines...

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Deep in the English Countryside

Deep in the English Countryside

15 March 2019

Belvoir Fruit Farms nestles deep in the English countryside in the idyllic Vale of Belvoir, where they've been making fruit cordials and presses since 1984, pressing fresh fruit and infusing flowers to mix with spring water. Today, Belvoir calls on the local community to help with the harvest, picking flowers from their 90 acres of orchards and from hedgerows in the surrounding countryside. New this month...

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New this month...Boe

New this month...Boe

14 March 2019

Carlyn, our Spirits buyer's pick of the month is a tangy gin from Boe. Boe are a range of premium, distinctive gins which are distilled in the village of Throsk ,near Stirling, Scotland. First distilled over ten years ago, Boe has won numerous awards at the International Wine & Spirit Competition and World Gin Awards. Joining the shelves this...

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The Start of Something Great

The Start of Something Great

13 March 2019

In 2002, Innis & Gunn's Founder and Master Brewer, Dougal Gunn Sharp, was asked to create a beer to mature in bourbon barrels to impart a sweet, malty flavour. This beer would then be thrown out, and the barrels would go on to age spirits. But Dougal had a brain wave; What if it was the start of something great? Turns out, he was absolutely right and...

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You are Invited to our London Trade Day!

You are Invited to our London Trade Day!

12 March 2019

We're excited to announce that our next Trade Day will be in Hackney, London on March 26th 2019! Join us for a relaxed, intimate afternoon. The chance to meet, chat to and taste some of the newest and most innovative drinks in the industry. Don't worry about booking on, just turn up from 12pm and feel free to bring...

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New this month...Luscombe

New this month...Luscombe

12 March 2019

Kate, our Soft Drinks buyer's pick of the month is a lightly sparkling blend from Luscombe. Since 1087 the Luscombe estate has been a hive of farming activity, with the farm making an appearance in the Domesday Book day book. Luscombe drinks have continued the estates story, crafting and perfecting their drinks on the farm since 1975. New to Nectar this...

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140 Years of History

140 Years of History

11 March 2019

New to our shelves this month is Fortaleza's Añejo Tequila and Reposado Tequila. Although they officially launched in 2005, they have 140 years of tequila-making behind them - the first distillery was originally founded in 1873, in the town of Tequila, in Mexico's western state of Jalisco, by the current founder's great-great-great grandfather Don Cenobio. The family's passion for...

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New this Month...Peroni Libera Non-Alcoholic

New this Month...Peroni Libera Non-Alcoholic

07 March 2019

Michael, our Beer and Cider's buyer's pick of the month is a refreshing alcohol-free beer from Peroni. Peroni Nastro Azzurro has been an Italian icon since 1963. Using years of expertise and skill,Peroni Libera0.0% is a light-bodied alcohol-free beer, meticulously brewed with the same Peroni craftsmanship, passion and flair. Drinking habits are constantly evolving and as customers opt for a healthier...

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Picked and Pressed at their Best

Picked and Pressed at their Best

06 March 2019

Frobishers have been creating the finest fruit juices and drinks for nearly 25 years. Since they began, they've stuck by their mission to make delicious, authentic tasting fruit juices using some of the best ingredients from across the globe, picked and pressed at their best. They don't use concentrates or anything artificial - all of their drinks are fresh,...

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What's new in our #MDWB's World of Wine?

What's new in our #MDWB's World of Wine?

14 February 2019

Here at Nectar we never stop looking for new and exciting products to keep your bars refreshed, and it's no different when it comes to wine! Our range continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of our customers and ensure we've got right wines for you. For me one of most exciting new additions has to be the 2014 Classic Cuvee...

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Start the year well, drink better!

Start the year well, drink better!

11 January 2019

January has rolled around and it's that time of year where we all turn our attentions to new year resolutions. Personally whilst I'm all about the "new year new me" (6th year in row I've decided to run a marathon - marathons completed: 0) I'm also a staunch realist. So, if like me, your record #DryJanuary effort is around the 4th, I have...

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Will Price, Mugshot

Will Price, Mugshot

13 December 2018

Our Mixologist's Diary is back, and this edition we headed to bustling Brizzle to chat about two of our favourite topics - food and (of course) drink with Will Price from Mugshot as he prepares for the Christmas onslaught. If you've not been to Bristol in the last year you've missed this fantastic independent restaurant and bar with a...

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The taste of something sweeter...

The taste of something sweeter...

10 December 2018

Mariah Carey is back on the radio, mince pies mountains have formed in the bakery aisle and I'm wrestling with whether or not it's acceptable to get my Dad socks - again. It must be the festive season! At this time of year sales of dessert wines always spike as drinkers up and down the land look to indulge in something sweet. Sometimes...

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Sam's musings on Sparkling Wine - #MDWB

Sam's musings on Sparkling Wine - #MDWB

20 November 2018

Once the preserve of the special occasion more and more UK drinkers are turning to fizz for their tipple of choice - and why not!? Bursting with bubbles and lively flavours they can bring a bit of sparkle to your mid-week, as much as the weekend. This month we'll take a look at some of the different styles available and highlight my personal faves! Prosecco,...

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Meet Sam, our #MDWB

Meet Sam, our #MDWB

20 November 2018

I'm here as your modern-day wine buff or #MDWB for short, to chat simply about wine, a drink I love and can't get enough of! Throughout the year I'll be offering advice on tipples of the moment and what works well with food. Let's break through the jargon that sometimes trips everyone up (even if no one admits it). Whether it's...

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Mixologist Diary - Circo Bar

Mixologist Diary - Circo Bar

12 November 2018

Nestled within the cobbled streets of Bath, is an underground bar that offers a chic blend of the old and new; whilst fun takes centre stage in their mixology ethos. Circo Bar has one of the most extensive back bars, with a stunning array of cocktails on offer, as well as a comprehensive champagne, wine and spirits list, served...

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CAT DUERR, RAOULS BAR

CAT DUERR, RAOULS BAR

With summer beaming at us from all angles, we chatted all things rum with Cat from Raoul's bar and caught up on what they're doing in Oxford, as part of our mixologist's diary. Established in 1979, Raoul's Bar and liquor store is a space for Cat and the team to create. This is where their passion for mixology...

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Gary Whiter, The Cabinet Rooms

Gary Whiter, The Cabinet Rooms

It's common knowledge that the UK is enjoying a gin revival, with an unprecedented array of craft gins launching in the marketplace, since Sipsmiths sparked important changes in the world of distillation back in 2009. Around that time, Gary Whiter was about to embark on a Martini masterclass aboard the Queen Mary 2, while en route to New York. His...

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LLOYD BROWN, THE GREY BEAR BAR CO

LLOYD BROWN, THE GREY BEAR BAR CO

This month we'd like you to meet Lloyd Brown, who heads up the Grey Bear Bar company, a bar consultancy and training company as well as being brand ambassador and distiller for Porters Perfection vodka (he's a busy man!). Having worked with us closely for nearly a decade, and previously run the Venner Bar at The Bull Hotel in Bridport...

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Elliott Skehel, Lab 22

Elliott Skehel, Lab 22

In the heart of Cardiff is Lab 22, a unique venue offering a truly scientific approach to your sense of mixology enjoyment. Sleek and chic yet abundant in character, Lab 22 is the place where real magic happens. A place where elements collide and senses come alive. Lab 22 encourages the extraordinary and encourages the unusual. A creative cocktail bar...

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Hannah Wainright, The Treehouse

Hannah Wainright, The Treehouse

This August we're heading over to Beaconsfield to meet Hannah Wainwright of The Treehouse and Laurie Othen who have 'talked all things tequila' with us. The Treehouse was first established in 2010 and is part of Drinkwell Bars, a small bar group in the Chilterns. The Treehouse specialises in fantastic cocktails, a proportion of which are made with products made...

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